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, they are. u.s. and european officials say the plot called for a spectacular multipronged attack on numerous cities in great britain, france, denmark, and germany. teams of terrorists, trained by an al qaeda-linked group along the pakistan-afghan border, plan to carry out commando-style shooting sprees. patterned on the mumbai attacks of 2008. sources describe the plot as credible, but say it was discovered at an early stage and had not gone operational. still, terror experts say there is much they don't know. >> the only thing i think that is fairly, fairly concrete is that it would have taken place in germany and other european countries. >> reporter: intelligence officials are concerned that squads of trained terrorists are still on the loose, so plot has not been completely wrapped up. >> they know that al qaeda intends to send operatives into western capitals with mumbai-style attacks against soft targets in cities. but they don't know who they are. they don't necessarily know where they are. 7. >> reporter: while there is no indication this particular plot targeted america, secretary o
family says they didn't put up the money and the u.s. government didn't, either. so who really did remains a mystery. katie? >> couric: elizabeth palmer, thank you. alex fattal is the brother of josh fattal, one of the two hikers still being held in iran. alex, what is your reaction to sarah's release? i know all the families are very close. >> yeah. well, we're overjoyed to see her out. she's had a long and difficult detention, 14 months solitary confinement so it's wonderful she is free. of course we wish she was out with josh and shane. >> couric: i know that it's been reported that the iranians asked for $500,000 in bail for her release and that money was deposited in an iranian bank. do you know who paid for this? if money exchanged hands? >> we really don't have any information about that. >> couric: we see josh in this photograph wearing the green t-shirt. have you heard anything from iranian officials about his possible release? >> no, we haven't heard anything about that. the last thing he said to sarah's mother nora when the mothers were leaving iran was "we're all brothe
about the attack? >> both witnesses are telling us it was a brazen armed robbery attempt. it happened in the parking lot of this pop eye's restaurant around 2:20 this afternoon, minutes before school let out and before the terrified eyes of restaurant patrons. >> he walked -- he just walked right up on him and pulled out his gun and shot him. it was like he was trying to rob him but at the same time he was scared. >> reporter: this scared witness said immediately after the armored car officer was gunned down in the parking lot, panicked restaurant patrons tried to flee. >> everyone is panicking, trying to get away. trying to make sure he doesn't shoot one of us. >> reporter: the guard was take on the the greater southeast hospital inside of his own armored car. he was subsequently airlifted to medstar. even as police investigate the robbery, neighbors said violence, especially by armed youth, has become quite common. >> you say you were robbed here yesterday. >> yes, in front of my house. >> reporter: how did it happen? >> dude just walked up and pointed a gun and wanted our money. >>
-to--the-top program this n which the states compete for federal dollars for their own reform programs, using student test scores to evaluate teachers, even to set their pay, and firing teachers for poor performance. the head of the national education association, whose 3.2 million members make it the largest union in america, down played the difference and said he agrees with the president that the status quo is unacceptable. >> we support rigorous and fair evaluation systems. i can tell you educators don't want incompetent or ineffective teachers in the classroom. >> reporter: some advocates of education reform are urging the president to compromise with republicans if they take control of the house next year. you can bet that if he does that, his relations with the teachers unions will take a turn for the worse. katie? >> couric: chip, i know president is following the lead of other countries that do already have longer school years by about a month. how does he pro pose the do this? and how does he expect, or does he expect, to get blowback from parents and kids? >> reporter: absolutely, katie. i
. the dramatic video that's raising new questions about police using taser guns. >> stop resisting! stop resisting! >> and a group of young people who have made happiness contagious. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> good evening. katie is off. much of the east coast is on alert tonight for hurricane earl. as many as 26 million people could soon be feeling its impact. even if the storm never makes landfall. earl is a category three storm right now with sustained winds of more than 111 miles an hour. the eye now less than 200 miles from cape hatteras, north carolina, and it's outer banks that could be the first to feel the effects of the hurricane before it takes an expected turn to the northeast. warnings and watches are up from north carolina, where at least 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the coast; all the way up to the canadian border. as this view from space demstraights, earl is a particularly large hurricane b400 miles across. we have a team of correspondents stationed along t
looking for in a dance partner? what arthur murray never told us. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. he's heard the complaints, the outrage if church groups, the military, even world leaders. but today florida pastor terry jones insisted he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the koran on saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. in response, the state department ordered u.s.'m be sis around the world to assess their security and brace for possible protests. general david petraeus, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, met today with afghan president hamid karzai, both warned that jones' plan could endanger u.s. troops. and the cat van said "this act would only call for new hate and violence." kelly cobiella is in gainesville, florida tonight. kelly, pastor jones is getting lots of criticism from many quarter bus he's claiming a lot of people are actually on his side. >> he does say that, katie. and he says they're simply afraid to speak
to the wealthiest 2% of americans. to do that would require us to go out and borrow $700 billion, again, to give tax cuts to the most fortunate 2% of americans. and we think that's not a responsible use of taxpayer resources at a time when we face enormous challenges. and we think if republicans want to do more to help the economy now, again, the best thing to do besides extending these middle-class tax cuts is to give stronger incentives to businesses to invest in america now. >> couric: but you keep hammering home that 2% of the wealthiest americans. but tens of thousands of small businesses and other businesses in this country make $250,000 a year. so aren't you going to be hurting them? >> if you look at the joint-- what the joint tack committee has said, 80% of those 2% of americans affected by this are people and businesses who make more than a million dollars a year. and, again, what we're proposing, katie, is to restore those tax rates to the levels they were in the late, which was a period we had remarkably strong economic growth. >> couric: 10 million jobs have been lost. many of them are
in washington, d.c. alongside the likes of mitt romney and mike huckabee. >> the small elite don't get us. they call us whacky. they call us wing nuts. we call us "we the people." (cheers and applause) >> reporter: delaware's new republican senate nominee was at home in this crowd of social conservatives. but even as she preached a return to fiscal conservatism, o'donnell's own unorthodox spending habits were starting to come under heavy scrutiny. staffers on her previous campaign for senate and o'donnell's own financial filings reveal that the unemployed o'donnell used campaign funds to pay for meals, gas, bowling trips, and personal rent, even long after the campaign had ended. >> i've never seen a candidate who just stole all their campaign money and used it for personal use. what it seems like here is christine o'donnell had no other way to support herself so she thought, okay, i'll run for u.s. senate. >> reporter: the nonpartisan watchdog group citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington is urging the u.s. attorney in delaware to open a criminal investigation. >> it's not s
buildings and many of us are doing this now that we're in the new reality. >> there is a different vantage point of "discovery" there in the middle of silver springs. people, employees, who evacuated there quickly about 1:00, 130, after all of this started, still some waiting to get back in. we understand that the police have units and making sure there are no other dangerous explosives. this suspect was believed to have brought in boxes and backpacks with him and they're checking those out and probably canvassing the entire building to make sure that it is safe before people go back inside to collect some of their valuable that they need. >> and there is no timetable for this because their job is to make sure the building is safe and not to make sure people can come in, get their purse and keys and get their cars. so this could be something that goes on for some time as well. we heard from the battalion chief from montgomery county, they're literally going to go floor to floor, room to room, to try to identify any potentially dangerous items. and if they come across something, it is their
: talent will and belief -- talent, will and belief. 15-30. if you're just joining us, we're live from new york. the arthur ashe stadium court. the u.s. open championship semifinals. and venus williams, a two-time champion, again kim clijsters, a two-time champion. it's one set all, 4-4, 30-30. final set. vera zvonareva has won the other spot in the final she won the semifinal that preceded this one over caroline wozniacki, the number one seed. windy conditions, double faults have been part of the story. john: that ball toss way far to her right. this is going to be a tricky second serve at this critical stage. dick: way off the mark. double fault. break point, clijsters. john: you can feel the tension in the air, she held off and waited. it was an accident waiting to happen. dick: both women have donated games with double faults. sister serena williams unable to compete, looking on. what a lobby clijsters. kill them with kindness. clijsters will serve for the championship final when we championship final when we return. with my buddy mike, who is a terrible, terrible dancer. he's actually
nighttime operations, aimed at high-value targets that are a key part of the war strategy. u.s. forces have been swarming into the outskirts of kandahar in an effort to flush the taliban out of its traditional stronghold. the taliban was quick to announce that it shot the black hawk down with rocket-propelled grenades. but nato says there was no enemy fire anywhere in the area. >> the doubting of a... downing of a helicopter whether it was accident, weather related or enemy related, to a certain extent it's to be expected when you have more people, more soldiers, more helicopters in that region. >> reporter: u.s. forces in afghanistan rely heavily on helicopters for everything from transport to close aerial support. this is a rugged mountainous country and the roads are often littered with improvised bombs. this is one of the deadliest helicopter crashes since the war began in afghanistan with the surge now complete. american troops are going on more missions and that means more risk and more casualties. mandy clark, cbs news, kabul. >> couric: in this country, the continuing saga of bell,
in the lime light." harry. >> smith: elaine quijano downtown for us tonight. thank you. in afghanistan, the taliban has been using this controversy to win new recruits. today, cbs news obtained taliban leaflets that urged villagers to join them in seeking revenge. mandy clark is inicable tonight. >> reporter: the leaflet said that america is the biggest enemy of islam and called on muslims to take revenge for the burning of the koran. the leaflets have been handwritten and dropped in paktia province. most villagers are illiterate so the leaflets would have been left with imams to read out in mosques and spread the word that way. the taliban has capitalized on the controversy at the holiest time of the year for muslims, a time when the mosques will be packed with followers. mandy clark, cbs news, kabul. >> smith: we want to bring in juan rabady. good evening. >> good evening, harry. >> smith: how much damage has already been done by this? >> well, harry, some damage has already been done. we've seen protests in muslim capitals around the world. we just heard about the taliban leaflets
u.s. forces in afghanistan, told the "wall street journal" burning the koran could endanger troops and the overall effort. kelly cobiella is in gainesville tonight. kelly, so far the pastor is refusing to change his plans. >> reporter: he's absolutely sticking with this right now, katie. kerry jones says he's not doing this as a publicity stunt. he says he feels a real religious calling and he refuses to back down. >> sooner or later we're going to have to say no to radical islam. >> reporter: terry jones believes radical islam could take over america and the best way to fight back is by sending a radical message: burning a stack of korans on the anniversary of 9/11. >> we see an element of islam that is very radical and we could not get their attention by just sending some type of message. we thought this was a radical message that will get their attention. >> reporter: jones know it is actions of his small church are being felt around the world and he's heard the warnings from general petraeus that his actions could put american soldiers' lives at risk. >> we understand what the
the coming elections. the president will use these as ammunition, argue that he and the democrats in congress have real plans to fix the economy while all the republicans do is oppose them. >> so basically all he can do is go out there and grind it everyday, talk about the economy. and that's what house democrats, by the way, want. just talk about the economy. talk about our accomplishments. >> reporter: bottom line: talk is about all the president can do. none of the economic incentives he's proposing this week is likely to make it through congress by election day, so what he has to do and has to offer until then is the same thing he had to offer in the campaign of 2008, and that's hope. russ? >> mitchell: bill plante at the white house. thank you very much. jeff greenfield is our senior political correspondent. will these plans change the election day? >> highly dubious. i think it's baked in the cake and it's high unemployment, anemic growth, debt and that's not good news for the party in power. whatever the merits of the long-term investments, the idea of changing people's minds about wha
. >> reporter: the top 20% of earners in the country now make more than half of the income generated in the u.s. that's up from 49.7% in 2007. and the poorest 20% earn only 3% of the country's income. the great divide is a college degree. the unemployment rate for college graduates is less than 5%. for those with just a high school diploma, it's more than 10%. and according to another study, the median income for a college grad-- nearly $56,000-- is more than double that of workers who finished only high school. >> low-skill labor is really in trouble in this economy. the demand for their services is shrinking like crazy. the traditional ways that they moved into the middle-class-- manufacturing, construction-- are dead in the water. >> reporter: and that income gap may only grow wider even as the economy recovers because the top end usually recovers faster than the bottom. katie? >> couric: anthony mason, thank you, anthony. and jobs are the big issue in the midterm elections. election day, by the way, is five weeks away, but early voting is already under way in seven states. with control of c
in carolina beach, they are using all of the pumps they have to dump the floodwaters into the best receptacle they can find-- the atlantic ocean. katie. >> couric: dean reynolds. dean, thanks very much. meanwhile, this was a sad day at rutgers university in new jersey. students warned a freshman who killed himself after a secret video of his sexual encounter with another young man of the post online. two classmates are facing charges. in the last months, at least four gay teens across the country have been driven to take their own lives. more from byron pitts. >> reporter: today on this rain-soaked thursday, the mood at rutgers, grim as the campus skyline. >> it's a sad situation. i'm sad that it happened. >> reporter: by all accounts, add clem, an 18-year-old fresh freshman was a gifted violinist, a good-natured soul who didn't have many college friends and kept to himself. last thursday, authorities say clementi committed suicide, jumped from the george washington bridge, after his roommate secretly streamed video of him kissing another man on the interentertain, all for the world to see. >
are telling us that the economy is not falling off a cliff. it's not booming, either, which is the bad news. >> reporter: but the median length of unemployment fell below 20 weeks in august. it had been 22.2 weeks in july. 19,000 construction jobs were added last month and 17,000 temporary jobs. nearly 400,000 temporary jobs have been added over the past year as employers have remained caution. >> there's a great uncertain any the economy right now. >> reporter: daniel herrick is c.f.o. of pillar performance eye wear in connecticut. a year ago his company had five employees, today it has 18. >> almost all of you are expansion has been with the use of temp employees. >> reporter: that still means work for louisa ola. >> i'm still pinching myself. >> reporter: after two years of looking, she finally landed a temporary job as a bookkeeper. >> for the first time in two years i didn't have to call unemployment. i didn't have to get up at 5:00 in the morning to get online with unemployment. it was wonderful. >> reporter: but it could be a while before others share that feeling, says economist mic
further when he said most of the world believes the u.s. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks to benefit israel. today, president obama responded. chief white house correspondent chip reid is here covering the united nations meeting. chip? >> reporter: well, katie, today president obama came out swinging, but there is no sign the iranian president is backing down. president obama had strong words today for iranian president ahmadinejad who suggested in a speech at the united nations yesterday that the u.s. government was behind the 9/11 attacks. >> well, it was offensive, it was hateful. >> reporter: especially, he said because the comments were made not far from ground zero. >> where families lost their loved ones, people of all faiths all ethnicities. for them to make a statement like that was inexcusable. >> reporter: in an interview intended to air in iran, mr. obama also called the statement disgusting and said it stands in contrast to the response of the iranian people after 9/11. >> when there were candlelight vigils and i think a natural sense of shared humanity and sy
to him." katie? >> katie: nancy cordes on capitol hill for us tonight. nancy, thank you. turning overseas now, two months after monsoon floods inundated pakistan, the situation there is only getting worse. nearly two million homes were damaged or destroyed and today unicef said 105,000 children under five years old could die from malnutrition. earlier today i spoke with pakistan's foreign minister shah mahmood qureshi about a number of things, including the crisis in his country. your country is still reeling from devastating floods. the acumen fund, which is a nonprofit organization here in the u.s., recently visited is the area and came back with some very moving, tragic images. can you describe the level of human suffering there. >> it's huge. you've never had a natural disaster of this nag any tuesday before. the area the size of the united kingdom is underwater. 20 million people in pakistan have been affected by these floods. shelterless. billions of dollars worth of standing crops have been lost. livestock. so it's a very serious situation we're dealing with. >> couric: the united
is just 45% and with nearly 15 million people out of work, dean reynolds tells us it's all about the economy. >> reporter: the economy remains the number-one problem to most americans and only one in five thinks it's improving. >> no, it's not being fixed. it's being smoothed over to make it look good, to make it look like people are filling jobs. >> we're kind of stalled right now. we need to move in some direction. >> reporter: other sobering findings for the white house: only 38% think the president has a clear plan for creating jobs and some 46% think the obama stimulus package has had no impact. 20% think it made matters worse. but 63% say mr. obama is doing about as well as they expected. >> it's too soon to make any final assessment of his presidency. i think he will be better and better as time passes. >> reporter: actually, the country still blames the bush administration for the condition of the economy followed by wall street. and only 27% believe congressional republicans are doing more to improve things. compared to 49% who say that about the president. sam greco is
. but before you feel completely deflated by this latest news, anthony mason tells us there are at least some signs of a turnaround, at least on the home front. >> reporter: in los angeles, so many of the 27,000 foreclosed houses have fallen into disrepair. >> we felt we needed to do something about it. >> reporter: today the city raised fines on banks that don't keep up their properties. >> it's $1,000 per day, per violation. and they can take up to $100,000 per property. >> reporter: with more than five million people behind on their mortgage payments, bank repossessions have hit record levels. >> we're on a pace right now to see about 1.2 million homes repossessed by the end of the year. that's simile unprecedented in the history of the housing market. >> reporter: the banks have taken possession of about 900,000 homes, only about a third of which are actually on the market. >> the banks could be flooding the market with a lot more distressed properties, and i think the fact that they're not is showing some restraint in trying to keep the housing market stable. >> reporter: americans are g
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